Kids! of the Month
Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!
Each month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing things. We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements.
Amazing Kids! of the Month for September, 2003:
Amazing Young Musical Talents!
Quotes of the Month:
"Every individual is born with a special gift, and each person's gift is different. It does not matter what your particular gift may be. What is important is how well you use it to make the world a better place."
Heather Hershow, age 12
Amazing young singer/dancer
"Do everything you can to be the best that you can be. Surround yourself with people that support you and inspire you."
Matthew Tishler, age 17
Amazing young composer/singer/musician
"All you have to do is to be patient and you’ll make it through."
Adam Ho, age 14
Amazing young electric guitarist/singer
"I've been singing my whole life. My sister is in Musical Theatre at Northwestern (University) and I look up to her."
JessE, age 17
Amazing young singer/songwriter
If you love music, whether listening to it or performing or creating it yourself, then stay tuned to read (and hear!) our September Amazing Kids! of the Month! Amazing Kids! is pleased to bring you the profiles of four musically talented youth, three of whom come from the United States; the fourth, from Canada.
Read about their diverse musical talents and who knows? You may be inspired to grab the nearest musical instrument and start playing, composing, singing or dancing --or all of the above!-- too!
And don't forget, if you, or a young person (or persons!) you know, has an amazing project you are involved in, or a special skill, talent or ability you want to tell the world about, be sure to let Amazing Kids! know about it! Teachers are invited to nominate their entire classroom and the amazing projects they are working on too! Simply complete a nomination form for an Amazing Kid! of the Month award, or email us!
Amazing Adam Ho
peforming his own music live
It's not every day that a 12 year old's picture is featured on the cover of the Los Angeles Times, but that's exactly what happened two years ago to Adam Ho, now age 14. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Adam moved with his family to Southern California, where he has been studying electric guitar with a private music teacher and composing and playing his own music. Adam not only plays guitar, but he writes and performs his own original music and has his own home recording studio.
Like many passionate
young artists, Adam "lives, eats and breathes" his music. He
practices at least two hours every day, and performs at venues
throughout Southern California. He has performed at many
fundraising campaigns for charities in California, and performs regularly at
the 3rd Street Promenade, a pedestrian-only shopping district in Santa
Monica, California known for its lively street performances by
highly talented people like Adam. He has also performed at Irvine
Spectrum Center and at the Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, both in Southern
In addition to his amazing advanced guitar playing, composing and singing, Adam's special skills include acting, swimming, tennis playing, martial arts and street/stage performing.
Adam's musical influences are Jimi Hendrix, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Yogi Malmsey.
those kids reading this who are dreaming of becoming a professional
musician, Adam offers this advice:
"I practice almost 2 hours a day for better technique and playing. All you have to do is be patient and you’ll make it through."
Adam also gives
private lessons for beginning to
intermediate guitar players. Private performances can also be
arranged. For more information, contact his mother, June Ho at:
(714) 425-4672 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Read a review of Adam's
playing in Inner Circle Magazine at:
Like many young musical
talents, JessE has a musical talent that spans many generations in her
family. Her grandmother Dorothea
Ranier was a child opera sensation, considered one of the best voices
of her time. Multi-talented JessE has had
extensive dance training in tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical and
has won several dance competions. She also dances and
performs in musical theatre. (She performed in her
first musical, Alice in Wonderland, at the age
of 6!) She
JessE's love of
jazz, pop and rhythm & blues began when she was 12 years old.
Lately, she has been traveling to record her songs in
studios in Los Angeles, Nashville and Detroit.
"A dynamic performer
who exhibits a combination of powerful vocals,
innovative dance style
Listen to JessE's
amazing musical talent and watch some of her performances here:
Amazing Matthew Tishler
years old, going into my final year of
high school. I've been playing piano for 10 years, singing for 5
years, writing songs for 3 years, and playing bass, drums and guitar
for 2 years. My Dad got me started in music (he was a public
school music teacher for 13 years). He gave me weekly piano
lessons and encouraged me to practice. Both of my parents are
extremely supportive of my choice to pursue music as a career. I
have had several music teachers since my father, some in school and
some outside of school. I will likely attend university next year
to get a degree in music composition and performance.
has been my primary musical influence (because he sings, plays piano
and writes his own songs - just like me!). Also, John Lennon and
the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson have shaped my musical
sound and style. My favourite musical artists are
singer/songwriters (like all of the artists mentioned above), who
write, sing and play their own songs. I've learned that the music
business is tough to break into, but it is important to not give
up. If you keep playing, writing and perfoming -
eventually the right opportunities will come along.
Practice makes perfect - and do everything you can to be the best that
you can be. Surround yourself with people that support you and
inspire you. I encourage young musicians to become involved in
their school's music department (sing in choirs, play in bands, even
just take a music class or two), and also if young musicians explore
songwriting, then they may discover things about themselves and their
environment that they may never have realized otherwise. Self
expression is very satisfying and is something that I
recommend all musicians try.
Amazing Heather Hershow - Singer, Dancer, Actress and Animal Lover
Like many 13 year old girls, Heather Hershow loves to sing and dance and act. Fortunately for Heather, living in the Los Angeles area has allowed Heather to follow her dreams of being a professional entertainer. She is part of a performing group called L.A. Hip Kids, and this year, she had the opportunity to record a solo demo CD in a real recording studio.
During the summer, she keeps busy attending performing arts camps and performing at various locations in Southern California with L.A. Hip Kids.
Here's what amazing Heather has to say about her experience in the world of performing and entertaining:
"I have always loved performing. Whether it is singing, dancing or acting, I've always dreamed of being on stage. I first tried to break into 'the Business' (the Entertainment Industry) when I was six, becoming involved with a musical theatre group coached by Karen Tobey. Under her direction we performed skits from many Broadway plays for our families and friends. About three years ago, I became a member of another local performing group called L.A. Hip Kids. We have entertained at various places around the Los Angeles area, including Knott's Berry Farm and Magic Mountain. It has been a lot of fun, and while I hope to go on to bigger things in life, I will never forget the friends that I have met in this group.
My parents have taught me to give back to the community, so I pick a charity each year and donate a portion of any money that I earn to that charity. First it was Children's Hospital, then Child Share (to benefit foster children) and Foundation for the Junior Blind, and this year it's the Friends for Pets Foundation. You see, we have a saying in our family:
'Every individual is born with a special gift, and each person's gift is different. It does not matter what your particular gift may be. What is important is how well you use it to make the world a better place.'"Heather attends Chaminade College Preparatory in Chatsworth, California. She is also a member of their choral performing group, the C Notes. The C Notes recently performed at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Heather not only performed but helped choreograph the performance! The C Notes had such a good time that they plan to return next year to perform at Disneyland again.
Here's a link to an article in the Chaminade C Notes online newsletter, which talks about their performance:
Listen to Heather's amazing solo demo debut here.
Best of luck to all of you amazing musical talents! We'll be listening for you on the radio soon...
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